Spring Cleanup to Speed-up!

6 Things To Do To Clean and Speed-up Your Computer

With Springtime comes cleaning dust and dirt!  It’s about cleaning off from the weeks of being shut in.  Ever wonder where to clean up your computer?  Follow this guide and you’ll be well on your way, prepared for summer!

Do you go months (or years) without ever cleaning or upgrading your computer?  I sometimes do too.  A quick story.  
 
Last month my wife and I painted walls in our living room that we vowed to do after moving in. 9 years ago!  So when we got around to painting, we realized how we should have done this sooner.  It transformed our room!  Why did we put off such a good thing!?

Your PC is the same way. When you clean it up and do the upgrades, performance and speed will follow!  But before you just think this means deleting old files, keep reading.

Here are 6 ways that you can cleanup this Spring:

  1. Make sure your virus scan is running and up-to-date.  As I’ve said before, it’s not as important which scanner you use, but that it’s kept up-to-date and being used.  Run a “full scan” and then open the settings and make sure it’s scheduled to run on its own.  Also, go to the settings of your computer, make sure your Firewall is ON too.  Sidenote, however: Avast is rated in the top for FREE virus scanners.  (No, I don’t get paid to promote them.) The downside to a free service is that it may not run a malware scanner automatically.  Which brings us to point 2.
  2. Run a FREE Malware scanner, such as Malwarebytes. Malware is not considered a virus, but it can act as if it is.  These files picked up by the internet and emails can just bog your computer down.  Some paid virus scanners will also have a malware scanner with it (the perk of a paid program).
  3. In your web browsers, delete all unknown and unused Add-Ons and Accelerators.  In Chrome (and others), you’ll find these under settings.  Add-ons provide different functions for your web browsing experience. But they slow you down.  So if you don’t use them (or recognize them), delete them.  If you don’t recognize them, they may be particularly burdensome since they are working on something you may not be aware of (spying, for example).
  4. Check for programs you may have accidentally downloaded and delete them.  Type “Remove Programs” in the search bar and clean “Add or Remove Programs.”  Sort the programs by install date to see which were installed last.  If you see a program you don’t recognize, make sure it isn’t a Windows program (I sometimes Google the program name to see).  Games that get downloaded for free are notorious for slowing down your work.  Shoot me an email and I can also let you know if they are needed.
  5. Make sure Windows Updates are on and have been installed.  Type “Windows Updates” in the search bar (Win 8, 10) and check for Windows Updates.  Select any optional ones and, yes, install those too.  It will take time to download and then install.  Restart your system to apply the updates.  While you are updating, go ahead and allow that Javascript to update, too.
  6. Clean out the dust!  Dust can make your system run hotter than necessary.  Laptops are harder to clean due to space constraints, but a desktop has some simple screws to remove and usually captures the most dust anyways.  You can blow compressed air (or vacuum out) all the dust bunnies.  This will keep things running cooler and faster!

As always, if you need more help with your cleanup, please give My Computer Solutionz a call and we’ll help,  There’s no charge for a simple call or emailing your questions. We still give free quotes and recommendations.  We’re reasonable people and here to help.  Happy spring clean-up!

 

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Turn Up The Silence

Creating Space For Yourself

The silence was almost deafening!  Since having a child, as some of you may know, there’s constant noise, toys dropping, crying, and even whining. Did I mention whining?

Even after our almost 3-year-old goes to bed, there’s a sense of rushing around to get things done and reorganized (with all of this free time!!): laundry, dishes, picking up toys, catching up with my wife and …. well, more. Is there ever enough time to enjoy some silence?

Hiking Marker

So mom (my wife) and daughter took off for a few days to visit family and I’m home alone. The lack of noise was nice, but it wasn’t until the next day, the silence was almost deafening. Like I needed some background noise to almost appease my mind that demanded routine busyness! Do you know what I mean?

There is immense value in silence I had forgotten about. In the days being a bachelor I loved backpacking! Getting into the woods and hearing only the birds and trees blow is truly refreshing to my soul. No deadlines. No interrupting phone calls, texts or emails. No kids screaming for attention. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy my world of technology, being a dad, husband and business owner.

But this time at home by myself was very much the same as backpacking. Simply refreshing.

How often do we create the time to refresh our inner most self? I mean truly make the effort to block the time off. No cell phone, no music, no interruptions. Well, it may happen on its own once in a while, but I’d like to argue that that’s not good enough.

It’s summer in the northern hemisphere (to be fair to those down-under). Let’s carve our time to just be in that place that refreshes you. No noise. Turn off the phone (not just vibrate it). No Facebook. Make sure the people you care about know this is happening, of course. But spend the day (or more if you can) to take it all in!

Listen. Notice. Write. What you want to spend less time doing. Prioritize. What else surfaces?

When you return, notice your level of productivity, focus, happiness and appreciation for what you have! You spouse and kids (and, if you really needed it, maybe your boss) will surely notice.

Report back in the comments below.  I’d like to hear what else comes up…